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Re: Command Line Editting in VI mode


Thnx, I didn't realise I was in insert mode, i thought it was normal readline, that helps!!

Date sent:      	Tue, 21 Oct 2003 09:54:37 -0400 (EDT)
From:           	Igor Pechtchanski <>
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On Tue, 21 Oct 2003, zzapper wrote:

> Hi,
> I like to use VI as a Command Line Editor. I have to click "ESC" to
> enter this mode. I'm not always sure if I've already clicked ESC; is
> there any way of defaulting to Vi mode? Or any other advice?
> zzapper

The readline info file says:

       When you enter a line in `vi' mode, you are already placed in
    `insertion' mode, as if you had typed an `i'.  Pressing <ESC> switches
    you into `command' mode, where you can edit the text of the line with
    the standard `vi' movement keys, move to previous history lines with
    `k' and subsequent lines with `j', and so forth.

For a moment I thought there would be a way of adding a callback for
something like line-edit-start, but I couldn't find it, so I guess you're
stuck with insert mode...  Sorry.
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